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Fabric design is definitely not my strong point as an artist, but I keep on trying! I am so inspired by all the other talented people on here. My main interest, in my own work, is in adult-leaning but child inspired designs. I aim to be silly.
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This is my entry for the civil rights toile contest. I wasn't going to enter this contest but... well, here it is. I decided to go with something li
This is my entry for the civil rights toile contest. I wasn't going to enter this contest but... well, here it is. I decided to go with something light but pivotal in the history of early feminism. This is my ode to Amelia Bloomer and her invention of the bloomers. Where would we be today if we could not even wear what we wanted? Of course the social importance of this fashion is so much more than just that, which is why I dedicate this to Amelia!
Oh - and pictured here, along with my fairly inaccurate portrait of Ms. Bloomer herself, are a pair of bloomers, an early women's basketball team (drawn from a photograph of girls from Smith College in 1902), a young Amelia Bloomer on a bicycle (I am still blown away with myself that I drew a bicycle), and a woman wearing an early "Bloomer outfit".
toile de jouy (653),
civil rights (48),
women s rights (3)
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yep i'm in complete agreement here....total pants this didn't get in top ten, it is really well done, a great subject matter and totally deserved a top ten spot...phooey!
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Aw shucks! You guys are the best! Thank you, Victoria and Samarra! You are too kind. :)
You know, Mona, sticking your neck out there and creating such a wonderful hand-drawn toile from scratch is a top ten feet in my book. Easy to source from other places, but to take on the challenge and draw your very own design is absolutely magnificent and worthy of great praise. Love the purple and that bike is so splendid. Go bloomer! Go Mona!
I think it should have been top ten. Perhaps people just don't realize what a huge impact "bloomers" had on women's freedoms. Most people nowadays think of bloomers as underwear; but that is not what they were originally. They really were pants, as in trousers.
Thanks, Cean! Pants indeed!!! ;)
It is totally pants that this didn't get the attention it deseves! (thank my UK friends for the very appropriate term for my displeasure.) I think this is so clever yet totally on point as a very important moment in women's rights history. Keep that amazing, quirky brain of yours churning out gems like this one, Mona!
Aw thank you all so much! I am a little bummed that even in a contest of only 23, I couldn't squeak into the top 10 but I know it doesn't really mean anything about me as an artist or even about the merits of this design. Voting is so subjective. Really, really appreciate all of your kind words and having such good and talented friends on here! :)
This is such a fun design, bloomers should have finished higher.
I love this Mona, and I hope you don't feel demoralized it didn't make top ten, because it's a top ten design for sure!
Mona your drawings were wonderful lovely job
Btw, I never told you that I think you did a great job on the bicycle.
Thank you, Isabella! :) Very much appreciated!
Your illustrations are fantastic, Mona. Well done with the bicycle! I love the layout, the bloomers and the colour choice. Great design!
Aw! Thanks, Francine! What a great compliment! And great to see you back on here!
This is fantastic Mona - it's such a serious and challenging theme but you've managed to introduce an element of playfulness that makes this work as a textile. I didn't think it could be done! Would make great jammie material or to line an intimates drawer. Great job!
Thank you, Jo! That means a lot to me!
i totally agree that this is such a great idea, and victoria is so right about small things really can make a huge difference. you drawings are fantastic, i'm especially loving the bicycle, great job! really well set out too, nicely balanced and makes a great repeat, a wonderful entry, last minute or not!!
Thank you, Kelly!
Great choice for the theme, I love your illustrations and color, nicely done!
I never would have thought of this; and it's a great idea. Most people don't think about some of the small things that have made such a big difference.
Thank you, Samarra and Shin! And of course thanks to Cean again for making me laugh out loud!
wonderful. You've done a blooming job :)
No scratching. There are powders for that.
Grape scented undies.... are they scratch and sniff?
My favorite part is the pair of floating bloomers; they are a force to be reckoned with! And I agree that the purple adds extra pizzazz....makes me wish the fabric was also grape-scented! Woohoo for a great toile pattern, Mona!
Thank you, Rachel, Lucinda, and Jillian! And yeah - purple just seemed to fit! :)
Can't believe this is a late decision entry, you did such a fantastic job on it! Beautiful shading and detail. I love that you made it purple too!
Very nice illustration. Yay for bloomers!
great illustrations, love the movement, the spacing is perfect, and the idea is GREAT!
Thank you so much, Rhonda, Alex, Cean and Patty (and Virginia and Sharon too - who I didn't officially thank before)!
wow, Mona, really great toile design! Your idea is great as are your drawings, and your bike looks terrific!
Brilliant! I see a new underwear line with this fabric at the core (are you listening, Calvin Klein?). you are bringing blommers back! Great idea, so fun and oh so important.
:-) Love the Bloomers!!!
hahaha, my daughter is a character. You'd love her (I do).
Hurrah for bloomers! This was a great choice of topic for this week's challenge and I love your design Mona! Your illustrations are wonderful, especially the bicycle! Just think, most women only started to wear any form of drawers, pantelettes, bloomers etc towards the end of the 19th century. Now you can pay vast sums of money to wear the knickers that are almost not there at all!
P.S. Vo - your daughter always sounds like such a fabulous character!
They do look comfortable, don't they? I am all for anything really baggy and drawstring tied! :)
I love the bloomers! hahaha, my daughter wore bloomers in a play once and decided she wanted some to wear in real life because they were so comfortable.
I love big knickers. Thank you, Amelia. Be gone thong. Great design ~ best of luck! xxx
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